In the beauty industry, it’s all too easy to get persistently caught up in newness. It seems almost every day brings a new launch of a product that promises to change everything. And making new discoveries is always a joy, it’s true.
But, on the other hand, the focus on newness can end up meaning old classics are forgotten. So today, I want to shout out the faithful standbys in my collection – products I’ve bought many, many times, and will continue to buy as long as they remain available.
Whenever anyone asks me about moisturizer, this is the product I always recommend. It’s super affordable, full of actually beneficial ingredients, comes in a giant bottle, and won’t cause issues for either acne or skin sensitivity. It’s hydrating without feeling greasy, and never interferes with makeup. If my skin is ever freaking out, this is always what I turn to, to bring things back from the brink.
I’ve heard that witch hazel can end causing sensitivity to certain skin types, but my complexion just laps the stuff up. I find it soothing, smoothing, acne-preventing and glow-giving. It’s also cheap as hell – I buy the all-natural stuff then pour into a more visually appealing bottle.
Treating acne is never a really glamorous experience – but this giant tub of medial-looking lotion really takes the biscuit. But I always go back to in times of skin-stress. It’s the most effective acne treatment I’ve found, pure and simple.
I’m partial to a fancy, pricey hair mask. But you can’t be dropping that kind of cash every day. And for times in between, it’s nice to have a bargainous bottle of luxuriously creamy, coconut-scented cream to rely upon. Of every cheap conditioner I’ve tried (and there have been a lot) this one is the most hydrating to my damaged locks.
Whether I’m experimenting with a watercolour wash of colour (looking at you, Awkward Peach) or trying to tone some brassy, murky hues out of my hair (thank you, Smoky), this range ingeniously combines a deposit of colour with a pleasant, sudsy cleanse. I wouldn’t want to be without them.
If you’re partial to squeezing pores that have no business being squeezed, you need these in your life. Simply stick down over the affected area overnight, and wake to things seeming far calmer and more healed than before.
Of every eye cream on the market, I think I’m most willing to throw down for this guy. Thick, uber hydrating cream than smooths lines, soothes dryness, and adds a juicy, dewy look. The light-yellow hue also offers a hint of colour correction. It’s not the cheapest, but a little goes a long way, so a tub will see you through many months.
There’s no shortage of lip balms I love, but when it comes down to it, I think these are my favourites. They give a beautifully sheeny finish, but don’t feel either greasy or sticky, and come in an array of delicious flavours (my favourite is Pear, though they all have their charms). The adorable packaging and reasonable price are a bonus.
If you favour a no-mascara look for day-to-day, but can end up looking distinctly rodent-y without, this is for you. It gives flutteriness and length without ever looking too clumpy and obvious. It also lasts through the day, yet removes easily with warm water. The adorable baby-pink tube doesn’t go amiss, either.
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